Gov. William Elmer Holt

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William Elmer Holt

Birthplace: Missouri, United States
Death: Died in Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin King Holt and Susan Mariah Books
Husband of Lora Berta Holt

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About Gov. William Elmer Holt

He was the President Pro Tem of the Montana Senate. By virtue of that office became acting governor of Montana on the death of Frank H. Cooney 16 December 1935 until Roy E. Ayers was elected and took office 1 January 1937.

William Elmer Holt (October 14, 1884, – March 1, 1945) was an American politician. He served as the tenth Governor of Montana from 1935 to 1937.


Holt was born in Savannah, Missouri, and moved with his family to a ranch in Miles City, Montana. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1902. He married Lora Howe and they had two children.


Holt was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1912, and served one term. He was a member of the Montana State Senate from 1933 to 1935, and was chosen as president pro tempore in 1935. He became governor upon the death of Governor Frank Henry Cooney on December 15, 1935. Holt was defeated for reelection in 1936. He served as the delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana in 1936.

Holt retired from political life, and later served as a land agent for Northern Pacific Railroad in Seattle, Washington.


Holt died on March 1, 1945, in Helena, Montana. He is interred in Portland, Oregon.

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October 14, 1882
Missouri, United States
March 1, 1945
Age 62
Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States